Meet your African CEO – Iman Abdulmajid

Meet your African CEO – Iman Abdulmajid

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Iman Abdulmajid is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the ethnic-cosmetics market, CEO of Iman Cosmetics. She is also noted for her philanthropic work. She is the widow of English rock musician David Bowie, whom she married in 1992.

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While still at university, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. Her first modeling assignment was for Voguea year later in 1976. She soon landed some of the most prestigious magazine covers, establishing herself as a supermodel. She is the first person to kiss Micheal Jackson on screen in his music video “Remember The Time” in 1992.

After almost two decades of modeling, Iman started her own cosmetics firm in 1994, focusing on difficult-to-find shades for women. Based on her years of experience mixing her own formulations for make-up artists to use on her, she had a personal hand in the final product and also acted as the commercial face of the company.

Iman Cosmetics was a US$25-million-a-year business by 2010. It is centered on $14.99 USD foundations in 4 formulations and 14 shades, and is among the top-selling foundation brands on Walgreens website.

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